Prospect building, room 007
Dr Faye Cosgrove and Dr Donna Peacock
Sir Tom Cowie Campus
Introduced in March 2017, the Northumbria Local Appropriate Adult scheme (NLAAS) was created by a partnership between the University of Sunderland, Northumbria Police and the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office.
Police codes of practice require the police to secure an Appropriate Adult to support 'vulnerable adults' when detained, yet no official body is required to provide this support. This seminar will consider the use of student volunteers as Appropriate Adult Volunteers through the voices of custody officers and the volunteers.
The findings show that the scheme is highly valued by police officers as it fills a 'gaping hole' in provision, and that the volunteers are able to enhance their learning at University, and to provide efficient and much needed support to 'vulnerable' members of society.